Friday 14 June 2013

Paper Piecing Party – Striped Star Cushion

 I love paper pieced stars. There’s just something about them. One day I’m going to do an entire quilt made of paper pieced stars. But in the meantime, I opted for something on a smaller scale – a cushion. And on even smaller scale again – half a star!

Paper pieced cushion

I was going to do the entire star, but I couldn’t remember what size I had made these blocks and I decided to try the off-centre look for a change.

Striped Star cushion

I used the grey and green colourways from Simply Colour and paired with a bit of white and grey homespun. Perfection.

Then spent long quilty minutes echoing the shape of the star with some straight line quilting. I think the quilting is what makes it.

PP striped star cushion

Tada! Done! A birthday gift for a good friend of mine. 

This little cushion is doing double bloggy duty as well. It's my show and tell for this week's Paper Piecing Party, and I'm also entering it in the Modern Mini Challenge over at Ellison Lane.

 The challenge part for me here was actually doing more quilting than I normally would. Considering I"m a bit of a minimalist in the quilting stakes, this was definitely stepping out my comfort zone. Glad I did though!  

As for the star pattern - I have added the pattern for this creatively titled “Striped Star” paper pieced pattern to my Craftsy shop. Here’s a pic of what the entire star would look like.

Striped Star

I have also added the butterfly and mouse patterns from last week to the Craftsy shop too with plans for more patterns soon.

butterfly 1Cheesy mouse

How about you? What paper piecing fun have you been up to this week?

PPPQP button

Quick refresher on what the deal is with the Paper Piecing Party (full details here):
* It’s on every weekend here at Quiet Play, starting Friday.
* Link up something you’re working on that’s foundation paper pieced
* Link a blog post or flickr photo
* Visit other links and leave a comment because that’s half the fun!
* I’ll pick one each week to win their choice of a free pattern from my Craftsy shop. Keep on paper piecing ;) Last week’s winner was Julie!


  1. Love it!! The quilting is perfect and i love the colours you chose! I just popped over to your Craftsy and picked up the pattern. I'm seeing some cushions to match my x-mas quilt...

  2. The pillow is beautiful and I love all your new patterns!

  3. LOVE! Gosh you are such an inspiration! I am thinking I might need to make one of these to match my Bee quilt!

  4. That is a lovely pillow and great pattern. You should link up to the Mini Challenge as well. No paper piecing in my house but I plan some for next week.

  5. Oh well done! The quilting is brilliant - I find my eyes are drawn to the star! Call me optimistic, but if you find it doesn't quite look as good on your couch I am certain it would be perfect on mine...

  6. I love that cushion! I never would have thought of those colours but they look amazing. Great job with the quilting.

  7. This looks great! I love the way it looks as if the star is wrapped around the cushion and the colour combo is fab :)

  8. love your cushion! all of your patterns are great. the cheesy mouse is so cute.

  9. It's gorgeous! I'm in love with stars atm. :D

  10. Everything you show is absolute gold! This pillow is quite a show stopper :)

  11. I love the half star! It looks amazing!

  12. I love paper pieced stars and half stars always grab me too. Your cushion is perfect in color, design, and quilting!! Good luck in the mini challenge!

  13. Love your star pillow! The quilting looks great too :)

  14. I love a good paper pieced star too! :) Beautiful pillow!

  15. Such a beautiful pillow and fab quilting! Thanks for entering the Modern Mini Challenge! (I signed up to follow you on bloglovin too so I can keep up with all of your awesome patterns!)

  16. I love paper piecing too and I love the way you did your star pillow cover.

  17. Fabulous star, and the quilting is perfect!

  18. Looks great, I love the colours you have used very chic!

  19. Yes that dark solid with light SLQ is very eye catching.


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